One of the less common, though growing in popularity, ways that you can control the temperature in your home is through a mini-split system.
A mini-split system is a ductless way to heat and cool your house. Instead of pushing heat or cool air throughout your entire home, this type of system focuses on the rooms you’re using. It gives a homeowner more control over the temperature and can lower your electric bill as well.
Allow us to take you through the basics of this increasingly popular way of heating and air conditioning and learn how it can benefit your home as well.
Mini-split units resemble heat pumps. These systems are split between the outdoor condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. Compared to traditional systems, these parts are smaller, hence the mini in the name.
Another component is the thermostat or the remote, which thanks to modern technology have an app that allow you to control temperatures from your phone or smart device.
Mini-split systems don’t need ductwork. The indoor unit connects to the outside components through refrigerant pipes and wiring.
You can have multiple indoor units as well, all linking to the outdoor condenser. This is what makes it so simple to heat and cool one room or one part of the house. It’s ideal if you don’t want to waste energy heating or cooling unused rooms.
Indoor units can mount to a ceiling or wall. The equipment connects through a drain line, refrigerant line, and wiring, which all fit through a three-inch hole in the wall.
The condenser pulls heat from the house and pushes it outside in the summer, and extracts heat to bring inside during the winter.
Now that you know how it works, what are some of the benefits of a mini-split system?
A ductless AC system is smaller, even compact in size. They offer a lot of flexibility. Multiple units can cool different rooms and zones of your house.
Mini-split systems are also energy-efficient. Without ducts, they don’t have the same energy loss issues as traditional systems. Leaks in the ductwork can waste between 10%-40% of your cooling dollars.
Also, traditional systems waste energy heating and cooling unused rooms in the house. If you’re not currently using an area of your house, and you don’t plan to for a while, you don’t have to keep it as cool as the rest of the house.
You can also control each unit independently. Raise or lower the temperature as needed to lower your monthly energy bill.
There are many advantages of getting a mini-split system to heat and cool your house. It’s energy-efficient, compact, and can save you money. It’s also easy to focus on cooling different zones of your home.
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